21 Dec 2011

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12/21/2011: “How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists,” The Atlantic

A feature published today in the Atlantic, by Kathryn Joyce, is entitled, “How Ethiopia’s Adoption Industry Dupes Families and Bullies Activists.”

An excerpt:

“In 2008, a 38-year old Oklahoma nurse whom I’ll call Kelly adopted an eight-year old girl, “Mary,” from Ethiopia. It was the second adoption for Kelly, following one from Guatemala. She’d sought out a child from Ethiopia in the hopes of avoiding some of the ethical problems of adopting from Guatemala: widespread stories of birthmothers coerced to give up their babies and even payments and abductions at the hands of brokers procuring adoptees for unwitting U.S. parents. Now, even after using a reputable agency in Ethiopia, Kelly has come to believe that Mary never should have been placed for adoption. She came to this determination after hiring what’s known as an adoption searcher…”

Read the full piece here: http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/12/how-ethiopias-adoption-industry-dupes-families-and-bullies-activists/250296/

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